Washington nursing homes get 13.6 percent Medicaid boost — no strings attached
Jessica R. Towhey
Apr 26, 2023
Washington state lawmakers have increased Medicaid funding for nursing homes by 13.6% over the next two years, but advocates say the additional resources won’t fully cover the cost of care
State news roundup
Mar 07, 2023
MASSACHUSETTS — Four nursing homes in the same county announced they would close by June, chased out of the state by a “reconfiguring” reform meant to improve the quality of care.
Bipartisan bills address hospital backlogs with nursing home pay
Jessica R. Towhey
Feb 06, 2023
Unable to attract enough workers to meet staffing minimums, many nursing homes across the US have closed wings or units or restricted new admissions over the past year. Washington may get a reprieve.
Also in the News for Friday, Sept. 16
Sep 16, 2022
House approves bill to streamline Medicare Advantage prior authorization process… Physician who worked with SNFs sentenced for Medicare foul-ups and letting employees issue prescriptions in his absence
As first state long-term care program gets revisions, others show interest
Apr 19, 2022
How state lawmakers in Washington handle the fate of their first-of-a-kind, public long-term care insurance program is being closely watched by leaders in other states.
A payment program that should be fixed, not nixed
Nov 22, 2021
Look, Washington state’s public insurance program is far from perfect. But if some opponents have their way, it’ll never even get started. And that would be a real loss.
Lawsuit threatens first-of-its-kind public long-term care insurance program
Nov 18, 2021
A first-of-its-kind state program that funds long-term care through a mandatory payroll tax is being challenged in federal court.
This season, the gifts will just keep on comin’
Nov 17, 2021
There’s no more dreading what’s in the box, no fear that you’re getting some dud gift dressed up in the fanciest of double-sided wrapping paper.
Lesson from site of first US COVID outbreak: Staffing levels, worker support vital
Apr 14, 2021
Being aware of state staffing regulations and providing support to employees were crucial lessons for leaders at the Washington state nursing home that became the first U.S. site of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Facility at heart of first US COVID outbreak gets second vaccine shots; residents and staff nearly all...
Jan 21, 2021
Second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were given to an overwhelming majority of staff and residents at a Washington state skilled nursing facility that was the first site of a coronavirus outbreak...